Phone users are 'wasting hours' on tariffs

23 February 2009 — 6:15 PM

Getting the right tariff could end up saving you money

Over 20 million mobile phone users in the UK are wasting money every month by failing to get the most out of their tariff, new statistics show.

According to, 46 per cent of consumers waste 122 free minutes per month, while 48 per cent do not end up using an average of 94 texts.

Over a year, this totals hours and hours of free call time that is being forgotten about, the comparision site said.

James Parker is the mobiles manager at and explained how to maximise any benefits of a contract, suggesting that those looking for the latest phones assess their average monthly usage and work from there.

"A significant amount of mobile customers are on the wrong tariff," he added. "Over 5.5 million adults don't even know what tariff they're on."

Consumers who go for a new contract and get a handset as part of the package may want to recycle their old phone and receive money in return for doing so.

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